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What Is Working as A Dialysis Nurse Like?

14th Sep, 2020

What Is Working as A Dialysis Nurse Like?

Working as a Dialysis Nurse can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding!

In this post, we are going to scratch the surface of Dialysis Nursing: What it is, and why you might want to consider a career in dialysis.


What is Dialysis Nursing?

Dialysis Nursing (also known as Renal Nursing, or Nephrology Nursing) is the care and management of patients with kidney failure.

A patient experiencing kidney failure needs an alternative way for their blood to be cleaned and filtered – and this is where Dialysis Nurses come in.


There are two main types of dialysis:


This is the most commonly known type of dialysis and involves an external dialysis machine. The patient is connected to the machine through two tubes – diverting the patient’s blood into the machine to be filtered and returning the clean blood to the patient’s body.

A Dialysis Nurse will oversee this procedure in a hospital or unit – usually, a patient will need to come in for four-hour sessions, three times a week.

Perinatal Dialysis:

This type of dialysis is done daily and requires the patient to have a catheter permanently attached to their abdomen. Dialysis fluid is pumped through the catheter tube into a space inside the patient’s stomach and filters the patient’s blood.

A Dialysis Nurse will train the patient so that they can do this themselves in their own home.


What does a Dialysis Nurse Do?

As a Dialysis Nurse, you will be responsible for the assessment and care of your patients on a day-to-day basis, and throughout their treatment.

The Main Day-To-Day Duties:

  • Assessing your patients’ needs and creating a care plan that is specific to them


  • Preparing the dialysis machines and medications
    • making sure that each patient receives the correct medication and has the right amount of time on the dialysis machine


  • Monitoring and assessing your patients throughout their treatment
    • recording all of the treatments that they have received
    • identifying and assessing any change in their health and adjusting the care plan as needed


  • Empowering and educating your patients so that they can understand their health issues and take responsibility for their own well-being


  • Training patients to be able to do their own Perinatal Dialysis at home


  • Making sure that your patients are comfortable and providing emotional support


Why Choose Dialysis Nursing?

Patient-Focussed Care

Patients receiving haemodialysis need often need treatment three times a week, this means that you will truly get to know them and build strong nurse-patient relationships.

The care and treatment you will provide as a Dialysis Nurse will make a significant difference to your patients’ health and substantially extend their lives. As a Dialysis Nurse, you will see your patients regularly and be able to witness the long-term impact of the care you provide.

Professional Development

Your patients will often have complex needs and different co-morbidities, which means that you will always be learning new things and adding to your personal and professional development.

In terms of job stability, Dialysis Nursing is a specialist profession, and the skills that you will have developed are highly sought-after!


If you are looking for Dialysis Nursing roles, you can search for jobs on our website by clicking on this link, or contact our Nursing Team on 0207 220 0825